As many as eight players from the winningest regular season team in NBA history could play elsewhere next season.
Though the 73-win Golden State Warriors are in the midst of another NBA Finals showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the front office is likely keeping one eye on the upcoming off-season, when more than half the roster will be eligible to sign contracts with other teams.
Fortunately, stars such as Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are locked up for a few years, while reigning MVP Stephen Curry is under contract through next season. However, some significant role players could find more money elsewhere. Here are the eight Warriors who will be free agents this off-season:
2015–16 regular season stats: 66 games, 30.9 minutes per game, 11.7 points per game, 1.8 assists per game, 4.9 rebounds per game
Barnes will be a restricted free-agent this off-season. The Warriors can offer the former lottery pick a qualifying offer and have the right to match any deal he signs with another team. However, if Barnes signs a max contract somewhere else, the cap gymnastics could make it tough for Golden State to retain him.
72 games, 11.6 mpg, 7.1 ppg, 0.8 apg, 3.3 rpg
A fan favorite, Speights has been a quality big man off the bench for Golden State during their dominant two-year run, with his ability to stretch the floor a key factor in certain lineups. Speights will be unrestricted in the off-season, and could be expendable considering his limited playing time.
68 games, 15.9 mpg, 6.4 ppg, 1.2 apg, 1.7 rpg
The Brazilian point guard carved out a solid role for the Warriors this season. Though it seems like he’s been in the league forever, Barbosa will be only 34 in November, at a position that generally ages well.
46 games, 16.7 mpg, 7.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 blocks per game
Ezeli, like Barnes, will be a restricted free agent in the off-season. Ezeli has been the first big man off the bench for the Warriors during the playoffs, and has been a capable fill-in whenever starter Andrew Bogut has been hurt. But Ezeli has his own injury history, and he could find a much bigger role (and more money) elsewhere in the summer. Golden State can match any offer.
72 games, 14.7 mpg, 4.2 ppg, 0.8 apg, 2.5 rpg
Rush played a solid role during the regular season, starting 25 of the games he played in. He exhibited a decent stroke from three, hitting 41.4% of his shots from deep. Rush will turn 31 this off-season, and it’s possible only he or Barbosa return to the team.
66 games, 8.8. mpg, 3.6 ppg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 rpg
Clark, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent, flashed some scoring potential this season. He could be a young option to replace one of Barbosa or Rush if one of them were to leave.
James Michael McAdoo
41 games, 6.4 mpg, 2.9 ppg, 0.4 apg, 1.4 rpg
McAdoo has been a project of sorts for the Warriors. He played a limited role during the regular season.
53 games, 9.4 mpg, 2.6 ppg, 0.7 apg, 2.7 rpg
The Warriors acquired Varejao mid-season for depth on the frontline. Golden State could probably replace his production with a veteran-minimum type player signed this summer or later next season.